World Cup draw underway in Brazil

JOHN LEICESTER
Associated Press
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A soldier secures the entrance of the draw hall one day before the draw for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — The draw ceremony for the World Cup is underway in Brazil, opening with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

A film shown at the start of the ceremony showed Mandela at the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and other images from the life of the anti-apartheid campaigner who died Thursday at 95. A minute's silence was then held to honor Mandela.

Some 1,300 guests filled a cavernous tent erected for the 90-minute show being broadcast live to some 190 countries from the Brazilian Atlantic resort .

The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups — labeled A to H — of four teams each. The basic principle of pulling countries randomly has been used by the sport's governing body for decades and was first televised in 1966.